Grave of Jean Scargill, Kirkleatham

War graves are a very common site in virtually every cemetery in the country, but its more unusual to see one for a woman.
Jean Scargill
20 year old Jean Scargill was one of 24 members of the Women’s Auxilliary Air Force who died in Yorkshire during the war. She was killed when her truck was hit by a Halifax bomber on Marston Moor on 8 July 1943.

Kirkleatham Free School / Old Hall Museum

Chomley Turner, nephew of Sir William Turner built this school at a cost of £1000 in 1709 thought to be designed by Robert Hooke (although Wikipedia says he died in 1703). It remained a school until 1864 when that moved to Coatham Road in Redcar.
The building was later used for convalescing soldiers in World War 1.
Kirkleatham Old Hall

It opened as the Old Hall museum (even though it was never the home of the squire) in 1981.

Kirkleatham Old Hall

Chandelier, Kirkleatham Almshouses

This chandelier by Claud Demeny dates from 1735 and it believed to have originated from St. John’s Cathedral in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands although it later years it hung in the offices of insurance company Royal and Sun Alliance.
1735 Chandelier, Sir William Turners Almshouse
Its only been in the Almshouses since November 2007, replacing the giltwood ‘Chandos’ chandelier by James Moore from around 1719 which was sold for £337,250 at Christies to help fund almshouse repairs. That chandelier was mades for James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos for the Chapel at Cannons. Later aquired by Cholmley Turner for the Chapel of his great uncle Sir William in 1747.

Graffiti in the Chapel, Sir William Turners Almshouses

As well as 20 elderly people, the Almhouses originally cared for 20 children / orphans
Graffiti, Sir William Turners Almshouse
It actually still functioned as a school until as late as 1942, and the upper stalls in the chapel are covered in carved initials and dates (including 1797 in the picture below)
Graffiti, Sir William Turners Almshouse

Its interesting to note that as you move along the balcony to where the staff would have sat, the graffiti gradually disappears until there’s none at the other end. I’m sure at the time there would have been ‘youth of today’ style comments about the vandilism, but now 200 years later its a fascinating insight.

Graffiti, Sir William Turners Almshouse

Although its hard to imagine how you wouldn’t get caught it a fresh set of your own initials just appeared ?


Stained Glass Windows, Kirkleatham Almshouses

An open day was arranged 28/29th July 2012 to view the recently restored window in the chapel of the Kirkleatham Almshouses. The window was on the verge of collapse until a year-long restoration was undertaken by York specialist Keith Barley at a cost of £35,000.
Stained Glass, Sir William Turners Almshouse
The windows date from the 1740s and are the work of William Price, who’s face is depicted in the centre of the scene, theres also a second face of his father Joshua Price but its not visible on my photo.

The central panel is a nativity scene designed by Sebatiano Ricci, the right panel depicts Sir William Turner in his robes as the Lord Mayor of London. On the left his elder bother John Turner, a serjeant-at-law,